How to Check and Recover Your Hacked Facebook Account
Facebook has more than 1 billion users, that makes it the biggest target for hackers. Hackers hack user’s accounts and steal personal data, spam offers and ads. There are many ways that a professional hacker can easily hack into a user’s Facebook account that is less secured.
Finding Out if your Facebook account is hacked or not
If Facebook finds any suspicious activity or login to your Facebook account, it will send you an automatic notification telling you about the activity. Once a user has received a notification, s/he should take the below mentioned steps depending on the nature of the notification:
- Suspicious Activity
A suspicious activity notification, means that a hacker that has hacked into your Facebook account is performing some unusual activities. If at all you find any activity that you never performed earlier, then there is a good chance that your account is hacked. In order to view all your activities, click on the “drop-down” button on the top right corner of the Facebook page and then click on “Activity Log” from the drop-down menu.
Clicking on activity log opens up a page with all your recent activities being listed. In case you never performed some of the listed activities, then it is clear that you have been hacked. Therefore, you can confirm about being hacked by checking your login sessions that has been explained below.
- Login Sessions
Thanks to Facebook for keeping a complete log of all your account login sessions from any device and location. You can therefore check the sessions to see if your someone accessed your account from a device and location that you don’t recognize. To access the login sessions, click on the “drop-down button” again and select “Settings” from the menu.
Then go to security and click edit on “Where You’re Logged In”
Once you have clicked edit, you can see your current session and all the previous sessions from different devices. Not only can you see the devices used but you can also see the location, the devices’ operating system and browser used to log into your Facebook. If you find any sessions that you don’t recognize, immediately click on “End Activity” next to the activity and follow instructions that will be provided to change your password and secure your account.
Recover account and change the password
There are two scenarios involved in this section. One is either the hacker will just keep track of your activities silently or he/she will change the account credentials to lock you out of your account. Despite the scenario you are involved in, here is what you need to do:
- The case that hackers changed your password
Once a hacker has changed your password, you are totally locked out of your account. But you can easily recover it using your email address connected to your Facebook account. While you are on the Facebook login page, click on the “Forgot Account” button. Then follow the instruction to recover your account.
- In case you have been hacked but still have access to your account
The fast and necessary step to take is to change your password. The user should create a strong password that will contain letters, numbers and characters that will not be easy for anyone to guess. Once the password has been changed, the hacker will be locked out and you will have full control of your account.
Setup Login Alerts
It is a good idea to set up login alerts because you will get a notification whenever someone accesses your account from a different browser or device. This is the perfect way to ensure that you always know what is happening with your account. In order to setup login alerts, click on the “drop-down button” and select “Settings” from the menu, and then go to Security tab
Then click edit on “Login Alerts” to change login alerts setting.
Lastly, choose “get notifications” to receive notifications on Facebook login. Also see how to secure your facebook account for more information.